Category Archives: plus-size clothing
Did you know I have a YouTube channel? And I review a different piece of plus-size clothing every week? Awesome, right?
I also post the videos on Facebook, but those of you who’d rather read the blog can see the videos here, starting this week!
This week’s video is the Igigi Cate Sweater Dress:
Hope you enjoy!
Body acceptance has done some seriously awesome things in my life. Over the last few years, I’ve gone from a fat lady wearing baggy clothes and feeling ashamed of my failure to be skinny (just like 95% of dieters) to…well, I’m still fat, and that’s okay. I feel great about my body and I’m much better at dressing it in a way that suits it. I’m so much happier. My confidence is through the roof. Read the rest of this entry
The first day you put together a new outfit that truly reflects you, give yourself a hug! Whether you’re wearing it to work, go out or just dance around the house, you’ve done something amazing.
While you’re wearing that awesome outfit, there’s one quick thing you can do that will make a big difference in how you dress: take a picture.
What’s an OOTD?
An Outfit of the Day, or OOTD, is just that: a photograph of what you wore that day.
Taking OOTD photos does several great things for you. OOTDs let you:
- See your own body regularly
- See how outfits look on you
- Get feedback from other fashionistas
How to Capture an OOTD
All you need to start taking OOTDs is an outfit you like, a camera, and a place to take photos. Your cellphone will work fine for now. So will your bathroom mirror.
Whenever I visit my family in North Carolina, I try to stop in at the local consignment shop, Blooming Deals. It has a pretty healthy plus-size section and I’ve found some cute things there in the past. You have to watch the prices — $15 for a Lane Bryant top is only good if the original price was a lot more — but that’s true at any secondhand shop.
Characters also seem to be drawn to this shop, so you never know what you’ll overhear. On this visit, I learned that short skirts are an abomination. Now you know.
The best find this time: a turquoise cowboy hat. I wouldn’t have ever said before that I was a cowboy hat kind of girl, but this one was too much fun to pass up.
Cowboy hat! Totally a keeper.
This was a Kim Rogers Essentials (no idea who carries that brand) shirt/sweater of the kind that only looks like it’s two layers. I’m not actually crazy about the wee matching belt — it doesn’t add much to the look. Otherwise, it’s well made and fit nicely, so it would make a good work top. Verdict: Keeper.
A vivid pink Croft and Barrow button-down top. It’s fine. It fits, it’s reasonably flattering. I was meh about it in the store, so I didn’t buy it, but looking at the photo, I might go back for it. Should I? Verdict: Dunno.
Lane Bryant top with lace and mesh overlay. Almost everything I saw in the plus-size section this time was from Lane Bryant, Cato or Kohl’s. I’m a sucker for lace tops, and this one has more interest than is really visible in the photo. Verdict: Keeper.
Another Lane Bryant top, a faux wrap style. It’s fine. It fits. I don’t need another top with deep cleavage. Verdict: Left on the rack
Cato Plus skirt in deep brown, with a little ruffle at the hem and a plastic buckle and partial belt that gives a little waist adjustment. It’s okay, but I’m not crazy about the length. Verdict: Left on the rack
In Gear hibiscus top and capri set. This outfit was totally insane, but I had to try it on. Alas, it fell short of “awesomely tacky” into “just plain tacky.” It fit, in that it was reasonably comfortable, but it fit very poorly on my particular body. You can see the fabric sticking out under my arms. Also, fringe. Verdict: Left on the rack with great prejudice
Retail and online stores are offering more and more great plus-size fashion, but there’s one more way to get amazing outfits: custom and semi-custom clothing.
As you get into fatshion, you might find yourself buying a sewing machine and learning to take in a killer pencil skirt or turn maxi dresses into skirts.
There are lots of resources out there on altering clothes to fit. Here’s a good place to start.
Buying Custom and Semi-Custom
If you don’t sew, don’t stress!
Thanks to Etsy.com, a website dedicated to handmade and vintage wares, custom clothing is now available at reasonable prices. For people who are larger or shorter than the norm, this is absolute magic.
There are so many amazing plus-size clothing stores online, but at some point you’ll end up in a brick-and-mortar clothing store.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by shopping for clothing in person, and it happens to everyone — large, small, and in between. Thin people have trouble finding clothing they love, too.
Once you know two things — that you really do deserve clothing that fits you well and that you love, and that there are other options for finding those clothes — clothing stores should be a little easier to handle. Here are five strategies to keep in mind as you shop.
1. Check the size chart first.
Before heading to a brick-and-mortar store, check its website for a size chart to see whether you’ll be able to wear that store’s clothing.
This is especially helpful for in-betweenies — sizes 12 to 18 — who might fit into clothing from both straight- and plus-size stores.
2. Bring a friend.
If walking into a store alone is super intimidating, bring someone along. Any supportive friend will do fine, but it’s more fun if it’s someone who can also wear clothing from that store.
So, feeling better about hitting the beach with the body you have right now? Awesome. The next question is, where can you find cute swimsuits that are actually going to fit?
Both Torrid and Evans are offering some nice designs in plus-size swimsuits this year. Torrid’s are retro-inspired, which I love, and available up to a Torrid size 4. Evans’ designs are available up to a UK size 32!
Here are seven plus-size swimsuits that will have you dashing for the coast:
Red White Hearts One-Piece Swimsuit, Torrid